The report from the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies published this week suggests that it’s generally safe for the average person to consume 400 milligrams of caffeine each a day. That would be the equivalent of 4 average size cups.

Bottom Line: The average caffeine content of an 8-oz, brewed cup of coffee is 95 mg. A single espresso or espresso-based drink contains 63 mg, and decaf coffee contains about 3 mg of caffeine (on average).

Coffee, in particular, has received a lot of positive press in recent years. Consuming a modest amount has been linked to a decreased risk for a number of health conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, erectile dysfunction and certain types of cancer.


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